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3-time national award-winning writer & full time walking movie encyclopedia Jen Johans of FilmIntuition.com delivers a steady stream of great movie recommendations, thoughtful career deep dives, & first rate conversations with critics, authors, actors, journalists, filmmakers, and more on Watch With Jen.™️

Originally launched on Patreon (https://patreon.com/FilmIntuition), where new installments premiere first, once each episode is unlocked to the public, you'll be able to find every episode here as well.

Watch With Jen‪™‬ Jen Johans

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

3-time national award-winning writer & full time walking movie encyclopedia Jen Johans of FilmIntuition.com delivers a steady stream of great movie recommendations, thoughtful career deep dives, & first rate conversations with critics, authors, actors, journalists, filmmakers, and more on Watch With Jen.™️

Originally launched on Patreon (https://patreon.com/FilmIntuition), where new installments premiere first, once each episode is unlocked to the public, you'll be able to find every episode here as well.

    Watch With Jen - S3: E30 - John Cassavetes with Robert Bellissimo

    Watch With Jen - S3: E30 - John Cassavetes with Robert Bellissimo

    This week, I was so pleased to welcome a new friend to the podcast. An actor and an acting teacher in his native Canada, Robert Bellissimo has appeared in numerous television shows, feature films, commercials, and plays. Two recent credits include PRIVATE EYES starring Jason Priestly and ROBBERY, which starred Art Hindle as well.A passionate cinephile for twenty years, in his late twenties, he realized he wanted to explore storytelling in a more in-depth way. When the Covid-19 lockdown began in March of 2020, he took advantage of his free time and created his high-quality YouTube Channel Robert Bellissimo at the Movies. Reviewing and introducing viewers to some of cinema's greatest films, over the past two years, he's interviewed many industry professionals who work in and around theatre, TV, and/or film, including yours truly who's been honored to appear on the channel twice - the first to discuss Scorsese's GOODFELLAS and more recently, returning to tackle Hitchcock's NOTORIOUS as well.Joining me to discuss the life and career of his favorite filmmaker John Cassavetes, in this in-depth feature-length episode, we focus on the beginning, middle, and end of Cassavetes' oeuvre in the form of SHADOWS, A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE, and LOVE STREAMS. Additionally sprinkling in throughout our conversation some of the director's thoughts on filmmaking, acting, men, women, and life in general, this is an episode that I hope Cassavetes devotees will love.Theme Music: Solo Acoustic Guitar by Jason Shaw, Free Music ArchiveLogo: Kate Gabrielle - KateGabrielle.comOriginally Posted on Patreon (8/17/22) here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/70659691

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Watch With Jen - S3: E29 - FX's THE AMERICANS with Roxana Hadadi

    Watch With Jen - S3: E29 - FX's THE AMERICANS with Roxana Hadadi

    This week, I'm thrilled to welcome back one of the sharpest critical minds working today, plus a guest that longtime listeners will remember hearing discuss Sofia Coppola's entire filmography with me in the first season of this show. I had such a fun and engaging conversation with the great Roxana Hadadi in that episode that it inspired me to shape the future of this podcast accordingly as a series devoted to these in-depth deep dives on topics my guests are truly passionate about.A TV critic with Vulture, who also writes about film and pop culture, previously Roxana was the film editor and a critic with Pajiba, and her reviews, essays, recaps, and other writing have also been published by The AV Club, Polygon, RogerEbert.com, The L.A. Times, Crooked Marquee, The Playlist, Fox Digital, GQ, and Inverse.Today, Roxana joins me for a richly analytical conversation to appreciate and evaluate the moral, ethical, political, interpersonal, stylistic, and narrative implications of one of the best television shows of the 2010s in the form of FX's THE AMERICANS. Approaching the series through various critical lenses, this spoiler-filled feature-length conversation is a must for fans of the show and I hope it's as enjoyable for you to listen to as it was for us to record. The second television-focused episode of the season so far - following an early installment devoted to TERRIERS - the next series that you'll hear dissected on Watch With Jen is MR. INBETWEEN, coming in early fall, and more episodes devoted to the medium will be announced soon.Theme Music: Solo Acoustic Guitar by Jason Shaw, Free Music ArchiveLogo: Kate Gabrielle (KateGabrielle.com)Originally Posted on Patreon (8/10/22) here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/70336915

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Watch With Jen - S3: E28 (aka Ep 150) - Faye Dunaway with James Urbaniak

    Watch With Jen - S3: E28 (aka Ep 150) - Faye Dunaway with James Urbaniak

    A very talented, versatile, and witty performer with more than 150 credit listings on IMDb, as an actor, James Urbaniak has brought to life Dr. Venture on Adult Swim's The Venture Brothers, the scene-stealing Arthur (who was my favorite character) on Hulu's Difficult People, and Grant on Comedy Central's Review. Additionally, he's also a podcaster in his own right and the creator of the scripted shows Getting On With James Urbaniak, A Night Called Tomorrow, and I Will Never Lie to You.Returning for the first time since our fascinating and very fun Charles Laughton episode late last season where he gave me a crash course in the '30s era of the great British actor, it was so great to have him back this time to discuss a character actress of a different decade. In this, our 150th episode of Watch With Jen (yes, really!), we take a look at a woman who is synonymous with the 1970s, in the form of Faye Dunaway.Focusing on her tremendous turns in notable classics, we begin in the late '60s with Dunaway's breakout turn in Bonnie and Clyde, then move into the '70s with Chinatown, Three Days of the Condor, and Network, and finally wrap things up with the controversial Mommie Dearest in the early '80s, which she considers the end of an era. An engaging and research-filled episode full of great Urbaniak witticisms and observations, devotees of Dunaway, acting, and/or '70s cinema lovers won't want to miss this conversation.Theme Music: Solo Acoustic Guitar by Jason Shaw, Free Music ArchiveLogo: Kate Gabrielle (KateGabrielle.com)Originally Posted on Patreon (7/28/22) here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/69704390

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Watch With Jen - S3: E27 - Mind Control Movies with Adam Nayman

    Watch With Jen - S3: E27 - Mind Control Movies with Adam Nayman

    Returning to the podcast this week, we have the impressive critic, in-demand lecturer, and insightful author Mr. Adam Nayman, who longtime listeners will remember hearing last summer around this time as he joined me to discuss the life and career of actress Gene Tierney. A contributor to The Ringer, Criterion, CinemaScope, and more, additionally, our Toronto-based guest has written thoughtful books on SHOWGIRLS, Ben Wheatley, the Coen brothers, Paul Thomas Anderson (which will come in handy today), and the recently released David Fincher: Mind Games from the great publisher Abrams.In this fascinating and rich conversation, we take a look at the way that John Huston's previously classified post-World War II documentary LET THERE BE LIGHT, John Frankenheimer's 1962 classic THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, and writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's 2012 film THE MASTER all deal with elements of mind control and psychotherapy where U.S. veterans are concerned.Note: Although it isn't overly graphic, in an abundance of caution, I checked the Explicit box for this week's episode across your favorite podcast platforms due to our analysis of a certain infamous scene in THE MASTER, so you might not want to listen with young children.Logo: Kate Gabrielle (KateGabrielle.com)Theme Music: Solo Acoustic Guitar by Jason Shaw, Free Music ArchiveOriginally Posted on Patreon (7/22/22) here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/69440460

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Watch With Jen - S3: E26 - Owen Wilson with Conrado Falco

    Watch With Jen - S3: E26 - Owen Wilson with Conrado Falco

    This week, I'm so happy to welcome a fellow podcaster to Watch With Jen. Conrado Falco is a filmmaker, film lover, foodie, soccer fan, and co-host of the excellent pod The Criterion Project along with my good friend Rachel Wagner. Additionally, he's the co-host of the podcast Foreign Invader and co-creator and co-star of the science fiction comedy series Wormholes, which you can find on YouTube by searching for Wormholes: The Series.Joining me for a thoughtful, celebratory, and humanistic celebration of the actor Owen Wilson, in this fast-paced conversation, we sum up the appeal, strengths, and career of Wilson and the films Zoolander, The Darjeeling Limited, and How Do You Know, in particular.Logo: Kate Gabrielle (KateGabrielle.com)Theme Music: Solo Acoustic Guitar by Jason Shaw, Free Music ArchiveOriginally Posted on Patreon (7/13/22) here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/69050335

    • 55 min
    Watch With Jen - S3: E25 - Jennifer Jason Leigh in the '90s with William Boyle

    Watch With Jen - S3: E25 - Jennifer Jason Leigh in the '90s with William Boyle

    Returning to the podcast once again, we have my very talented friend and an official (and very popular) friend of the show. William Boyle is the acclaimed novelist behind such titles as Gravesend, The Lonely Witness, A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself, City of Margins, and the brand new Shoot the Moonlight Out. In addition to crafting these wondrously humanistic Lumet-like character-driven ensemble crime epics, Bill is also quite a pop culture buff and one hell of a good movie trivia game player as well.One of the biggest things we have in common, beyond just a real love for film in general (of course), is our great affection for character actors - especially when it comes to the true "actors' actors" we grew up watching onscreen in the '80s and '90s. In past episodes, we tackled the careers of Nicolas Cage, David Morse, and Mickey Rourke, and today, we're adding another incredibly talented performer to the roster.In this very comprehensive and celebratory two-hour conversation, we zero in on the prolific, staggeringly great, and endlessly inventive early to mid-'90s work of actress Jennifer Jason Leigh. Delving into the films Rush, The Hudsucker Proxy, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Georgia, and Kansas City, we take a look at her power, range, vulnerability, and courage in these vital performances and reference her other films as well.Note: In citing a shockingly funny anecdote involving our subject giving a very gritty audition for a romcom, I said a certain word that I thought might not be appropriate for audiences listening with their children so am marking the box for "Explicit" on this one out of an abundance of caution.Theme Music: Solo Acoustic Guitar by Jason Shaw, Free Music ArchiveLogo: Kate Gabrielle (KateGabrielle.com)Originally Posted on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/68321241

    • 1 hr 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

shaun305 ,

Good film podcast

Jen hosts a very good, fun, informative podcast, her love of movies coming in at full speed in every episode. The guests are all great. Jen has a relationship with some of the best film writers around, all with interesting takes on whatever the topic is at hand, and this show covers just about every genre and sub genre as well as dedicating episodes to cover a particular actor’s body of work. Very enjoyable listen to any film fan out there, feels like conversations you’d have with your own movie buddies, just chopping it up.

WhereIsFancyBred ,

An Informed and Articulate Deep Dive

The podcast is as advertised, a series of thorough conversations about what makes enthusiastic movie fans interested in the work of particular directors and actors. Jen sets the stage by introducing her guests, and giving capsule reviews/ summaries of each film as it is to be discussed. Then a free flowing conversation follows in which Jen and the guests highlight key moments or aspects of the film or performance under discussion. It’s meaty enough for serious film buffs, without ever becoming too dry or academic for the casual listener.

Beefcake76 ,

Thanks

Keep up the fun talks with the the best guest. Cheers

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